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From 29 to 31 May 2018, ISS participated in a workshop on the 'Role of The Hague Conventions in Cross-Border Child Protection in South-Asia' in Kathmandu, Nepal, which focussed on the cross border movement of children from South Asia and mechanisms to support safe migration.
The workshop was attended by 31 governmental experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, UNICEF representatives from these countries and the regional office, and representatives from the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
ISS led group work on case studies and presented good practice in migration based on ISS' extensive case work experience with children on the move and reflected in ISS' Children on the Move Manual. ISS shared experiences and good practices in responding to illegal adoptions, on respecting the principle of subsidiarity and on rights based responses to surrogacy arrangements. Further information and the conclusion and recommendations from the conference are available on the HCCH website.